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Israeli radio reports new separation plans for al-Issawiya

Oct. 19, 2015 5:04 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 19, 2015 5:04 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities have approved preliminary plans to separate the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiya from the rest of Jerusalem with cement blocks and barbed wire, Israeli radio reported.

It was unclear if the reported plan was a temporary or permanent measure.

A day earlier, Israeli forces began installing a large concrete wall in occupied East Jerusalem to separate the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir from the illegal Israeli settlement of Armon Hanatziv.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces helped unload huge concrete blocks in the neighborhood, including the notorious T-shaped blocks used in Israel's illegal separation wall that surrounds and cuts through the occupied West Bank.

However, Israeli news site Ynet reported Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered that plans to erect separation barriers should be scrapped after pressure from members of the Knesset, or Israeli parliament.

The news site said that the original decision to erect a barrier to separate illegal settlements and Palestinian neighborhoods was reached over a month ago, long before the current surge in violence.

The measures are part of increased restrictions on East Jerusalem following a string of attacks.

Nearly all Palestinian neighborhoods across occupied East Jerusalem have seen severe movement restrictions imposed by Israel's security cabinet following a series of attacks on Israelis.
Comments
Joe Fattal / USA
Now Jerusalem is being divided after Netanyahu said once that Jerusalem will remain undivided.
19/10/2015 17:24
Tibi / Tubas
The check-point, shooting, and wall treatment that Palestinians receive is A JUST RESPONSE to the attacks they make against Israelis !!
19/10/2015 20:45
Jon / USA
Netanyahu creating new Bantustans in Palestine.

Apartheid state cannot be denied. Jerusalem should be an international city governed by an independent group.
20/10/2015 16:41
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